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Mines Perm Sec Calls for Collaboration with Agencies For Economic Growth

By Ruth Tene Natsa, Abuja

The Permanent Secretary, of the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, MMSD, Dr Mary A. Ogbe, has called for a more robust collaboration between the Ministry and its Agencies towards achieving national growth and development in the minerals and mining sector of the economy.  

The Permanent Secretary when she paid a call to the Solid Minerals Development Fund (SMDF);  a parastatal of the Ministry;  in Abuja, in continuation of her scheduled familiarisation tour of agencies/parastals under the Ministry. 

Dr. Ogbe, in her address, acknowledged and commended the mutual/symbiotic relationship existing between the Ministry and SMDF, which she described as very critical to achieving its mandate for economic diversification of the economy and enhancing infrastructures in the solid minerals sector.

She further affirmed that the Ministry will consolidate and sustain its mutual relationship with the SMDF and its other agencies to enable them actualize their mandates for the benefit of the citizenry and investors and commended the Solid Minerals Development Fund ( SMDF) on her modest achievements under the present Executive Secretary.

Earlier in her remarks;  the Executive Secretary (SMDF),  Hajiya Umaru Fatima Shinkafi, commended the support of the Ministry, which she said had made reforms aimed at repositioning the SMDF attainable. 

Interacting with the media during the visit,  the Executive Secretary stated that the essence of the Development Fund is to enhance both human and physical capacity in the minerals and mining sector, particularly the mining institutions to enable them to perform their statutory functions. 

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